a printed cotton fabric, glazed or unglazed, used especially for draperies.
a painted or stained calico from India.

1605–15; earlier chints, plural of chint < Gujarati chī̃ṭ Unabridged
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chintz (tʃɪnts)
1.  a printed, patterned cotton fabric, with glazed finish
2.  a painted or stained Indian calico
[C17: from Hindi chīnt, from Sanskrit citra gaily-coloured]

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Word Origin & History

1719, pl. of chint (1614), from Hindi chint, from Skt. chitra-s "clear, bright." The plural (the more common form of the word in commercial use) became regarded as singular by late 18c., and for unknown reason shifted -s to -z; perhaps after quartz. Disparaging sense (in form chintzy), from the commonness
of the fabric, is first recorded 1851 in George Eliot
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plainwoven, printed or solid-colour, glazed cotton fabric, frequently a highly glazed printed calico. Originally "chintz" (from the Hindi word meaning "spotted") was stained or painted calico produced in India. The modern fabric is commonly made in several colours on a light ground and used for decorative (see ) and apparel purposes. Unglazed chintz is known as cretonne.

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Example sentences
Chintz upholstery fabric is appearing in a downtown shop this season.
Furnished in antiques and chintz, the cottages have hardwood floors and face
  the ocean.
Rich woods and chintz valences give the eatery a homey yet upscale atmosphere.
It was a comfortable, personal sort of place with cheerful chintz hangings.
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